How to Calm Yourself Down Before a Tension-filled Job Interview

Your first full-time job interview can be a tense, hair-raising experience – after all, it’s your first time being scrutinized and examined by a complete stranger, one whom you truly want to impress. While it’s normal to be nervous, don’t let it get the best of you. Devise a strategy to make sure you leave the interview room unscathed, and most important of all, with a good chance of landing the job.

Here’s what you can do to calm yourself down before you set foot into the company premises:

Prepare for the interview

1. Do your research on the company that you’ve applied for.

2. Read up on our job interview guide for Fresh Graduates.

3. List down what the company does on one side of a piece of paper. On the other side, list down related skills that you can offer the company with what they do.

4. Prepare your answers to common interview questions.

5. Prepare your list of questions to ask the interviewer(s).

Be early

1. Head to bed earlier than normal the day before your interview.

2. Have a good breakfast or a meal way before the interview.

3. Set aside more time than normal to dress up.

4. Set off to the interview half an hour earlier than you should; this is to pre-empt any chances of being stuck in traffic jams.

5. Arrive early and allow yourself plenty of time to sit in your car or at the lobby to gather your thoughts, breathe and centre yourself.

6. Remember that the interview goes both ways – you are also determining if the company is right for you too.

Visualise success

1. Imagine the whole interview process before the actual thing.

2. Visualise yourself being confident and doing a great job.

3. Think of the interviewer as a friend, not a foe.

4. Remind yourself of your strengths.

5. Remind yourself of your purpose in getting the job: it can be anything from developing your skill sets to even providing for your family.

6. Accept that your interview won’t be perfect; take unneeded pressure off yourself.

Posture, posture, posture!

1. Do a few simple stretches before you arrive at the interview site.

2. Sit up straight and make sure your shoulders aren’t hunched.

3. Don’t fidget during the interview.

4. Take a deep and full inhale followed by normal breaths to normalize yourself.

5. Take your time in replying questions.

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